Press Freedom

Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua among countries with imprisoned journalists; Jailed journalists nearing record globally

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published its annual report on imprisoned journalists around the world. Although no country in Latin America and the Caribbean is on the list of “the worst jailers,” the report highlights three cases in the region and points out that media outlets and journalists there still face threats to carry out their work


Political parties and candidates resort to lawsuits to silence journalists during elections: A growing trend in Brazil

A study by the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) found a 14% increase in the number of lawsuits against journalists and media outlets asking for the removal of content related to the 2022 elections. This is compared to 2018. Researchers highlight the impact on press freedom and the democratic process, as well as trends for municipal elections in 2024.

Sculpture created in 1961 by the Brazilian artist Alfredo Ceschiatti, carved from a monolithic block of Petrópolis granite. It stands at 3.3 meters in height and 1.48 meters in width, representing the judiciary as a blindfolded woman holding a sword. The blindfold symbolizes impartiality in justice, while the sword signifies the strength, courage, order, and rule required to uphold the law

Are media outlets responsible for what’s said in interviews? Deciphering a Brazilian Supreme Court decision

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court ruled in November that, when a media outlet publishes an interview that contains false information, legal responsibility for that information may fall on the outlet. In a country with a lack of legislation on the issue and where judicial harassment of journalists is growing, the decision worries experts.

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Attacks on journalists during anti-mining protests reveal growing hostility towards press in Panama

For more than a month, Panama was embroiled in protests against a state mining contract. While covering the conflict, journalists reported use of force and attacks by protesters and police. However, there is no precise record of the number of attacks around the country.

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Cases in Brazil and Chile illustrate how criminalization of defamation threatens press freedom in Latin America

The cases of Brazilian journalist Schirlei Alves and Chilean journalist Felipe Soto Cortés reveal the impact of the criminalization of defamation on press freedom in Latin America. A ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights against Chile points the way to combating the use of criminal law to silence journalists in the region.

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Stigmatization and attacks on journalists affect journalistic practice during Latin American elections in 2023

Stigmatization, threats, detentions, and intimidation are some of the attacks faced by journalists when covering elections in Latin America. In the last semester of 2023, these attacks became evident in the electoral processes in Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela.


517 journalists killed in Americas in last 25 years; vast majority of cases go unpunished

On Nov. 2, 2023, the world marks another International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Impunity in cases of violence against members of the media continues to be the norm as killers largely go free. In the Americas, Haiti, Brazil and Mexico top the list of countries globally where murders of journalists go unpunished.

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#ENDIMPUNITY: Justice in crimes against Latin American journalists demands long fight

To mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which is celebrated every Nov. 2, LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) is highlighting four cases of journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean that, for the most part, remain unpunished.

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Chilean Chamber of Deputies approves bill regulating safety of journalists, communications workers

Fifty years after the coup in Chile, the Chilean National Congress is moving forward with legislation to regulate the protection of journalists and communications workers. Thus, the South American country is at the forefront in this matter at the international level.

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Local, independent and pluralistic journalism in the Brazilian Amazon is crucial to tackle the climate emergency, says RSF

A report by Reporters Without Borders shows the results of a year of monitoring attacks on the press in the Brazilian Amazon. The organization connects the journalistic and climate emergencies in the region, highlighting the importance of independent and local journalism in tackling one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced.